The Orchard has acquired North American distribution rights to Southbound, the horror pic that played in the Midnight Madness section at the Toronto Film Festival as well as the genre-focused Fantastic Fest. A mid-2016 release is planned.

The pic features a unique narrative structure: five tales tied together only by the fact that they all appear to take place in the same general universe. On a desolate stretch of desert highway, weary travelers are forced to confront their worst fears and darkest secrets in these interwoven tales of terror and remorse on the open road. Some of the sections’ filmmakers — producers Brad Miska and Roxanne Benjamin, directors David Bruckner and the group Radio Silence, and editor Jason Eisener, among them — are from the hit V/H/S movies.

“When we saw Southbound, we knew we were looking into the eyes of a much different animal,” said Paul Davidson, SVP of Film & TV at The Orchard. “Southbound is a slick and stylish film that will have audiences engrossed from the moment the engines kick into gear and we can’t wait to invite them to take that journey.”

The deal was negotiated by The Orchard’s Craig Sussman with CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.